Covid 19 Testing in Schools
Important Update from The NYC DOE on Covid 19 Testing for Students
"Keeping school buildings open depends upon awareness of and immediate action on any COVID-19 concerns in our buildings. To do this, we need students and staff in our buildings to get tested! That’s why we’re instituting mandatory random weekly testing in all reopened school buildings as of December 7, 2020. Our testing partners will come to district schools each week and test a randomly selected group of staff and students from grades 1-12. The number of people to be tested will depend on the size of the school, but will consist of 20% of a school’s population each month, students and staff included." - The New York City Department of Education
Covid 19 Test Consent:
- You can complete the consent form online using your NYC Schools Account (NYCSA):
- Log in, click your student’s name, click “Manage Account,”
- When a dropdown menu appears, click “Consent Forms.”
- Read the page, and then choose the consent option at the end for your child.
- If you do not have a NYCSA Account, contact the school parent coordinator, Rosie Sallustio, for assistance, at email@example.com
- Or you can print and sign the testing consent form and bring the first day your child is scheduled back in the school building. A printable PDF of the consent form can be found below.
Exemptions will only be granted in certain limited cases:
- For students who need a medical exemption, due to a health condition that would make it unsafe to undergo testing (e.g., facial trauma, nasal surgery), use the Student Medical Exemption Form. This form must be signed by a physician and you must submit medical documentation from a health care provider.
- For students with disabilities who cannot be safely tested in school due to the nature of their disability, use the Student with Disabilities Exemption Form.